How To Extract and Utilize Evidence from Your Spouse’s Computer. In A Divorce If you are about to file for divorce, or if you are in the discovery stage, your spouse’s computer may hold valuable information, even actual evidence that could tip the scales of justice in your favor.
Although you must verify the law in your state with your attorney, the courts have generally held that if there is a computer or computers in the family home, both partners have the right to access the information contained therein. This does not mean you can install spyware or a keystroke logger to “live” monitor their activities. That’s another subject for another day. You can review everything contained on that computer, for your use as potential evidence in your case. Just as you could review all the documents in a file cabinet, the courts have said that you can review everything that is stored on the computer.
Of course, the easiest way to do this would be to sit down at the PC and start looking. What happens if the computer or certain programs are guarded by a password? What if you don’t know what to look for, or how to preserve the evidence? What will you do if you erase something accidentally?
How do you get it in a usable form to your lawyer?
This is where we can help. Our technicians will meet you at your home, and bring the necessary equipment to copy even the largest hard-drive, in a relatively short amount of time. It doesn’t matter if the PC has a password or not. We will extract all the data stored on the hard-drive(s) and bring it to our forensic computer laboratory. In our Clean Room, our technicians will be able to recover even deleted data and bring it all back to life for you to see.
After the data has been parsed (organized and segmented) it will be copied onto an outboard drive that is password protected, and then it is presented to you. Simply plug the drive into a USB port on your computer, and all of the contents, even the deleted stuff, is organized for your review.
Using just your computer mouse, you can review everything at your leisure; emails, messages, web browser history, Word documents, financial information, spreadsheets, photographs, videos.....everything. Remember, even deleted data will be there, and that is often the most telling.
You can alternatively provide your attorney with the outboard hard-drive, and they can review the information for you.
Either way, any pertinent information can easily be copied, emailed, or printed for your attorney to use.
Assets are often the most desirable information, but evidence of; money laundering, extramarital affairs, illegal activities, and even child pornography have been recovered from so called “family computers.
The value of recovering this information depends on your case, the people involved, and what sort of illicit activities are being alleged. We recommend that you speak to your legal counsel before proceeding. However, with the “blessing” of your lawyer, this could be the most cost effective way to obtain the evidence that you need in negotiations or litigation. Feel free to call or email us with any questions you have regarding data recovery and extraction.
About the Author:
Consultant for CPI Investigations
President of Corporate Defense Strategies